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States possess what are called “reserved powers.” These are political powers that are neither prohibited nor explicitly given by law to any institution of government. According to the Tenth Amendment in the United States Constitution, states have the right to govern themselves, in squishy legally-defining terms, in areas that the federal government doesn’t have time to deal with because it’s impractical for the federal government institution to enforce every little thing states do. It’s like a mutually agreed upon way of doing business: You do your thing and I’ll do mine, and if there’s a problem, I’ll let you know.

Michael Ogden

Executive Editor for CU Times.

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